The Role of Deployments in Competency Development: Experience from Prince Sultan Air Base and Eskan Village in Saudia Arabia
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The U.S. Air Force USAF Developing Aerospace Leaders DAL initiative, according to the DAL charter, was designed to examine and recommend actions necessary to prepare the USAF Total Force for leadership into the 21st century. DAL staff members have examined deliberate goals and means to develop and broaden current and future officers. The DAL approach features occupational and universal competencies and a range of potential developmental activities. We opted to focus on learning experiences specifically at Prince Sultan Air Base PSABEskan Village rather than assess the development or officers at various contingency deployments. We surveyed officers and enlisted personnel in the continental United States CONUS who had returned from a PSABEskan deployment within the preceding 12 months. Respondents selected from a list of settings all those settings in which they learned a specific competency or skill. They then indicated the single best learning environment for the skill or competency in question. Settings included initial training, on-the-job training OJTnormal duty assignments, schoolhouse, professional military education PME, exercises, deployments to PSABEskan, other operational deployments, and settings outside the Air Force. The survey addressed 46 competencies referred to as characteristics in the survey and kills, including the 41 universal competencies identified by DAB stall. competencies spanned eight categories special aerospace skillsduties, Leadership, operations, organization, strategy, technology, perspective, and character.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations